Good Lord I am tired today. Really, really tired. I had a busier night than I had bargained for last night. I decided to get my hair done, and made the appointment for 6:10. I left work at five, zipped up to Safeway to get the ingredients I would need for baking, and made it to the salon around 10 to 6. L. (the hairdresser) was running late and apologized profusely, she was finally able to bring me back and start foiling around 6:45. I was fine with waiting; no biggie, I just busied myself with finding pictures of the haircolor I wanted. I have been going to the same salon for awhile now, and didn't want to change. A partial foil there is 55 bucks, and they have a pretty solid reputation, and besides that I like the place. The girl that usually does my hair never gets it light enough, and when I say "I want it really blonde... really really light, not yellow either" she gets it the same way she did before and says " I don't think it'll go any lighter." Umm... how about using stronger stuff dipshit? And while you're at it, since I said I didn't want any yellow how about slapping some toner on there K?
The reason I get pissy about all of this is because I've been coloring my hair for like... 13 years... God 13 years... holy shit I feel old all of a sudden. Man... anyway, I started out using products like Sun-in, then moved on to the boxes of dye. When I got sick of having orange hair (I could never get it blonde... just orange.), I went to the salons and had it foiled. In fact, if you check out my first ever site at tripod you can see all the hideous shit I've put my hair through. I know it'll lighten more than dirty blonde. It's been platinum before... not that that's the look I'm exactly going for now. but shit... you get the point. Anyway to make this obviously long story short, the girl last night was fabulous. She did what I wanted and more.. to the point where I was looking in the mirror thinking "wow... this is really light." I am unsure if I like it, but it was what I asked for, and I don't hate it. Aaron loves it, so we'll see. I think I just need some time to get used to it.
I got home and decided to go ahead and make some fudge and bake the sugar cookies. I'll frost them tonight, they are hard as rocks already, but that seems to be the norm. I once saw on Marth Stewart (shut up you know you love that show) that if you have cookies that harden like that, any kind of cookies; all you have to do is put some in a ziplock bag with a piece of bread and they'll soften up pretty quickly. You gotta keep an eye on it though, because they become too soft if you leave the bread in there too long. I find that an hour usually does the trick.
Here's my fudge recipe, it's divine. (I should note that this fudge hardens to a solid form, and is not chewy; I detest chewy fudge.)
3/4 c melted margerine
3 c sugar
2/3 c (1 - 5oz can) evaporated milk
1 -7oz jar marshmallow creme
1 -12 oz pckg of semi sweet choc chips
1 tsp vanilla.
combine margerine, sugar and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, gradually raising to medium high until you have a full rolling boil. Stir constantly to avoid scorching. Remove from heat when you have reached boiling stage and stir in choc chips until they are completely melted. (batter should be a rich brown color). Transfer to bowl and add marshmallow and vanilla, beat until blended completely. Pour into greased 9X13 pan and put in fridge to set.
It's really good. And really easy.
Before I forget, I'd like to mention how utterly happy I was last night that Burton was voted off. Woohoo! The look on Jon's face when he found out it was Burton and not Lil was fucking awesome. I still think there's a good chance the winner will either be Jon or Darrah, but I am hoping it's Sandra. She's a hoodrat, and I love that. (poet!)
THE FRIDAY FIVE
1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays?
I would enjoy the cold weather a lot more if it were accompanied by snow for the holidays. We don't get a whole lot of snow here in Seattle, some... but not much. And rarely, if ever around the holidays.
2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect?
Ideally, it would be spent in a big ass cabin in the snow, it would be me and Aaron hosting for both of our families. There would be a big stone fireplace and lots of presents for everyone. There would be christmas music and turkey and stuffing and then when everyone left, we would relax in front of the fire and watch a christmas movie or something.
3. Do you do have any holiday traditions?
Yes, for decorating my mom's tree, she does the lights and then Lori and I would finish up with most of the ornaments. She would help out a little bit, but would do most of the other decorating while we focused on the tree. Christmas eve night Lori and I would sleep in the same room (when we shared a room, we would push our beds together) and then whoever woke up first would wake the other one and then we would venture out to the living room to get our stockings. Once we went to bed Christmas night we were forbidden to go back out to the living room until the morning so as not to accidentally walk in on santa or see his handiwork before it was time. After we opened out stockings we'd then wake up mom and dad and head to the living room for some ripping and tearing.
4. Do you do anything to help the needy?
I always toss in whatever money I have floating around my pockets or purse to the salvation army can outside the grocery store. I participate in food drives and occasionally do a bit more but it's not as much as I'd like to do. For a couple years I would do a blanket and coat drive at my work, then I'd go downtown with some friends and pass out whatever we had managed to get to the homeless. I never donated to a shelter, because I wanted to help the people that were on the street. That was probably the most rewarding thing I've ever done.
5. What one gift would you like for yourself?
Honestly I don't really know... two of my dreams came true already. I am spending New Year's in NY and I am engaged... I think the only thing that could come close to being as cool would be to win the lottery!
I look kinda freaky here, but here's the new hair ...
Another shot of the new hair. It's really light.